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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board includes:

  • Michael Gillette
  • John Krahmer
  • Michael Moore
  • Kathleen Murray
  • Danielle Cunniff Plumer
  • Darryl Tocker

Advisory Board Biographies

Michael L. Gillette has been Humanities Texas’s executive director since 2003. His former positions include directing the LBJ Library’s Oral History Program from 1976 to 1991 and serving as director of the Center for Legislative Archives from 1991 to 2003, with responsibility for the official records of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives at the National Archives. Gillette serves on the advisory board of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, the board of directors of the Congressional Education Foundation, and the board of visitors of Southwestern University. He is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and served as its president in 2009. His previous affiliations include the board of directors of the Everett Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center and the Law Library of Congress’s National Digital Library Program. Gillette is the author of Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History and editor of Texas in Transition. His newest book, Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History, was released by Oxford University Press in December 2012. He received his B.A. in government and his Ph.D. in history from The University of Texas at Austin.

John Krahmer has B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa and an LL.M. degree from Harvard University. He is currently the Foundation Professor of Commercial Law at the Texas Tech University School of Law. He has received the Texas Tech University President's Awards for Outstanding Research and for Outstanding Teaching. He has also received the Texas Tech University Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching and is a six-time recipient of the Student Award for Outstanding Teaching. In addition to authoring more than thirty articles and six books on commercial law, he has supervised research leading to enactment of historic preservation laws in Texas. He is currently working on a project to digitize historical documents on the development of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Michael Moore is an historian who specializes in the history of Southeast Texas and its interpretation by museums and historic sites. A native of Seguin, Texas, he has degrees in history and public history from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. For 22 years he served as the Director of the Fort Bend County Museum Association in Richmond, where, due to his leadership, he received awards from the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas State Historical Association, and the “Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence” of the American Association of Museums. He served as initial chair (2004-2006) of the Steering Committee of the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative, now called Texas Heritage Online. In this role, Michael led representatives of universities, state agencies, libraries, and museums toward collaborative access to digital heritage collections throughout the state. He also compiled the first Strategic Plan (2005) that codified organizational plans, which—in part—led to grants for implementation through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Since retiring from the Fort Bend Museum in 2006, he has devoted his time to his family farming/ranching operations, volunteer efforts to preserve the San Felipe archeological site, and writing a history of Austin's Colony. He serves as the President of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site.

Kathleen Murray, recently retired, was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Texas Libraries. Since 2000, she conducted user studies for state and national digital library and Web archiving projects. Most recently she was project manager and a principal researcher for two research projects funded by National Leadership Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services: Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework (2007-2009), and Classification of the End-of-Term Web Archive (2009-2012). An avid genealogist, Kathleen has presented programs at state and national conferences, as well as to local genealogy groups.

Danielle Cunniff Plumer is a digital collections consultant working with cultural heritage institutions interested in putting their collections online. From 2005 to 2011, she coordinated the Texas Heritage Online program at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In that capacity, she consulted with and assisted participants from the library, archives, and museum communities who were developing digital library projects. She also has extensive experience with grant writing, metadata harvesting and normalization, and user-centered design. She earned an M.S. in Information Studies at The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Prior to that, she earned a Ph.D. in medieval English literature at the University of California, Davis. She currently serves as the ALA co-chair for the Society of American Archivists, American Library Association, and American Alliance of Museums Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

Darryl Tocker is the third Executive Director of the Tocker Foundation since its inception in 1964. Before joining the Tocker Foundation in 1990, Darryl Tocker was a financial analyst with the Zale Corporation from 1981 to 1995. In addition to his role with the Foundation, Darryl Tocker has served as President of the Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas, the support organization to the Texas State Library. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Texas Book Festival and the Executive Board of Raising Austin, Inc. Mr. Tocker also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Texas, School of Information. Mr. Tocker’s affiliations include his long time memberships in the American Library Association, Texas Library Association, and Conference of Southwest Foundations.